Lions vs. Seahawks: Full game preview by position
Coming into this season it was thought that this position would be a weakness for the Lions. It started out that way, but these guys have really come into their own this year. Jarrad Davis is finally flying around the field making plays all over. Devon Kennard is getting pressure on the quarterback and others are filling in where they are needed.
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Davis, Kennard, and the other starting linebacker Christian Jones have combined for 55 tackles, 9.0 sacks, and a forced fumble. This group started out slow, but they have gotten better every game. I expect another excellent outing on Sunday from Davis and Kennard especially.
The Seattle Seahawks will get a big boost on game day at this position. K.J. Wright is back from his injury and is suiting up for his first game of the season against Motor City. I expect Wright to have some rust to shake off during this game, which could limit his overall impact. They will be primarily relying upon Barkevious Mingo and Bobby Wagner to play alongside Wright.
Their primary starters up to this point have amassed 51 tackles and 1.0 sack. The sack numbers are not very impressive and get you excited for the Lions ability to exploit this group come Sunday. Add in the fact that Wright will have some rust to shake off in his first return to action since his injury and this group is absolutely beatable.
I expect Davis to continue flying around the field making plays and Kennard to get another two sacks this Sunday against a weak Seahawks offensive line. Wright will have to shake some rust off in his season debut, and the other linebackers don’t worry me too much.